Phil Gingrey's Political Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Phil Gingrey. Roe v. Wade -- 37 Years Later. 22 January 2010. "In 1973, one Supreme Court ruling paved the way for the legalization of abortion, forever changing the meaning of the "sanctity of life." The outcome of Roe v. Wade has been tragic - tens of millions of pregnancies have been terminated [¦] Our Democratic leaders need to think long and hard about what is best for those they represent, and a health care plan that includes abortion coverage is not it. As a father, grandfather and pro-life OB/GYN, abortion is an issue that is especially important to me and one that I am determined to ensure does not become a part of any health care bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Phil Gingrey. Blog: Protecting a Woman's Right to Life. 1 June 2012. "As a staunch social conservative and OB/GYN physician for more than 30 years, I've never wavered in my pro-life convictions. But this abortion issue is one upon which family values and pro-choice groups, and conservatives and liberals alike should be able to agree. If we do not protect women from violence and discrimination at the outset of life, no other gains matter. A woman's life is as valuable as a man's, and it's time our societal views and laws reflect this." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Twitter: RepPhilGingrey. 31 May 2012. "Proud to support #PRENDA today. We must protect the rights of the unborn. #GOP" (twitter.com)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: The Sanctity of Human Life. 31 October 2011. "There are very few issues more important than the preserving the Right to Life. I am proud to have served my community as a pro-life OB/GYN physician for almost 30 years. As the representative for Georgia's 11th Congressional District, I have brought my pro-life convictions to the U.S. House of Representatives. I am proud to have co-authored several pro-life initiatives and voted 100% of the time for the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Phil Gingrey a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Roe v. Wade. 22 January 2008. "This is a quote from a very important person, and I will mention her in just a minute. 'Abortion, at any point, was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.' That ends the quote. This is from Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe from Roe v. Wade. In other words, she was the plaintiff [¦] The point that I want to make in conclusion, Mr. Speaker, is we don't need to continue to destroy life. We need to inform women. We need to inform women of their choices, the alternatives to destroying a human life, which in almost every instance they are opposed to." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 31 October 2011. "As a pro-life OB-GYN, I am committed to defending the sanctity and inherent dignity of human life. While I believe that good people can disagree on this matter, I cannot compromise my commitment to support life at every stage, from conception and birth to old age and death. My 100% pro-life voting record reflects these principles. I've sponsored and co-sponsored many pieces of pro-life legislation, from restricting the production of the abortion pill to supporting equal protection for unborn humans under the 14th Amendment. I am also proud of my votes to prevent minors from circumventing state laws to get an abortion, and to fund ethical stem cell research that doesn't sacrifice life for science." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Stem Cell Research. 18 July 2006. "We are all for research. But not if it means that my money is going to fund something that results in yet another of the 40 million abortions that have occurred since Roe versus Wade in 1973. Make no mistake about it. Every time you kill one of these embryos to obtain those stem cells in this manner, that is yet another abortion. So I am very much opposed to the Castle-DeGette bill and very much in favor, Mr. Speaker, of the Santorum-Bartlett bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Phil Gingrey. Protect America Month Guest Blog: First Principles and National Security. 17 May 2012. "This legislation cuts $316 billion in federal spending over 10 years while preventing $78 billion in defense cuts next year. If left in place, sequestration would slash DOD funding by a catastrophic $600 billion over 10 years. This comes on the heels of President Obama's recommendation to cut an additional $490 billion from our defense budget over the next decade. The President's decision to reduce military spending comes at a time when China and Russia are rapidly increasing their own. The threat of a nuclear Iran grows each day, while rogue elements of the Pakistani government consistently dismantle or thwart U.S. progress in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Fighting the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. 31 October 2011. "As a former Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan on several occasions. I have seen first-hand the difference our soldiers have made and are continuing to make. While the men and women of our Armed Forces ask very little of us, we owe them more than just our gratitude. We have an unwavering obligation to provide them with the tools necessary to not only safeguard their lives but also achieve victory for our nation. Whether an individual agrees with the War or not, it is irresponsible, reckless, and immoral not to support those who sacrifice day in and day out to keep America safe and preserve our liberty." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. America Owes Much to Its Veterans. 11 November 2010. "With more than 150,000 of our sons and daughters currently deployed in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, sustaining support for them when they return home is as important as ever. Their persistence against terrorism abroad helps deter threats on our own soil, and I am proud of the individuals who labor steadfastly for our freedom and security. Make no mistake, the liberty we hold dear as a democracy has and will continue to be under duress. However, our active duty men and women are on the front lines and are a testament to our values and our form of government. When they return home, they deserve our utmost support; as they live out their lives as Veterans, they deserve our utmost respect." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Protect America Month Guest Blog: First Principles and National Security. 17 May 2012. "This legislation cuts $316 billion in federal spending over 10 years while preventing $78 billion in defense cuts next year. If left in place, sequestration would slash DOD funding by a catastrophic $600 billion over 10 years. This comes on the heels of President Obama's recommendation to cut an additional $490 billion from our defense budget over the next decade. The President's decision to reduce military spending comes at a time when China and Russia are rapidly increasing their own. The threat of a nuclear Iran grows each day, while rogue elements of the Pakistani government consistently dismantle or thwart U.S. progress in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Armed Services Committee Republicans Highlight Democrat Plan to Cut Defense Spending by Twenty-Five Percent. 27 October 2008. "Providing for America's national security is the government's main responsibility, and on no single issue is the difference in philosophy between Democrats and Republicans more profound. At a time when our nation finds itself in an epic struggle against terrorism, not to mention the potential threats posed by Iran and Russia—among others it is the height of irresponsibility to suggest that now is the time to drastically slash defense spending. Our military is still trying to recover from being shortchanged during the Clinton Administration, and while the economic challenges we face as a nation will undoubtedly require difficult decisions, rather than looking to cut wasteful spending and duplicative programs, Democrats are already lining up to whack the Department of Defense. It's clear that the misplaced priorities of Congressional liberals could undermine our nation's security, a fact that must not be lost on the American people as we consider to whom to entrust our nation's highest office." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Committee Explores Priorities of FY08 Homeland Security R&D Budget. 8 March 2007. "It is critically important we fund the defense organizations tapping into the limitless creativity of our nation's scientists and engineers. The development of innovative technology is one reason America's defense system is the envy of the world, and we need to ensure we're properly funding these priorities. Today, we successfully examined not only how to allocate these funds, but also how to prioritize the various threats facing our nation and what type of research will best prepare us to combat them." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. F-22 Funding Included In Defense Authorization Bill. 25 June 2009. "While I do support the bill, I feel that it could be made stronger. I find it counter-intuitive that the Democratic leadership would block efforts to restore $1.2 billion that had been cut from our nation's missile defense programs when the President of the United States has just declared that Kim Jong-Il's regime poses agrave threat' to U.S. national security interests. North Korea is planning a missile launch towards Hawaii, and the House is cutting funding to missile defense? Decreasing funding for the very programs that keep our citizens safe while our adversaries aggressively seek to enhance their weapons programs is irresponsible, and I hope that the leadership in the House and Senate will reinstate this critical funding for our missile defense shield before this bill reaches the President's desk." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Fighting the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. 31 October 2011. "As a former Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan on several occasions. I have seen first-hand the difference our soldiers have made and are continuing to make. While the men and women of our Armed Forces ask very little of us, we owe them more than just our gratitude. We have an unwavering obligation to provide them with the tools necessary to not only safeguard their lives but also achieve victory for our nation. Whether an individual agrees with the War or not, it is irresponsible, reckless, and immoral not to support those who sacrifice day in and day out to keep America safe and preserve our liberty." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Blog: Rep. Gingrey editorial: Cuts will batter U.S. Defense. 24 July 2012. "A strong national defense not only allows the U.S. to react to acts of war quickly and effectively, but it also serves as a deterrent toward those attacks from hostile nations or groups. This requires providing the Department of Defense with the necessary resources to do so. That said, to responsibly address our nation's record debt, DOD's budget must be scrutinized and cut where possible, just as with all other federal agencies. However, it would be hard to argue that President Barack Obama's approach to defense spending has been responsible. Since taking office, he has taken $350 billion from various weapons programs, and put in motion a plan to take $487 billion out of defense budgets between 2013 and 2021. On top of these cuts, slashing an additional $600 billion -- as would result from the pending sequestration, which disproportionally affects the DOD -- will drastically reduce our nation's defense capabilities at the same time that potential adversaries are ramping up their defense budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Spending Cuts in the Federal Government. 6 January 2011. "I know that most people, Madam Speaker, are reluctant to talk about cutting Homeland Security and cutting national defense, particularly when we have two wars going on and certainly not wanting to cut the veterans benefits. But there's waste, fraud and abuse and duplication of things across every spectrum of this Federal Government. If we're going to get serious about it, we need to have an adult conversation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey on Tax Freedom Day: Burden Too High. 5 April 2006. "This year, Americans worked from January 1 to April 26 just to make enough to cover their tax burden. Three and a half months' salary is simply too much to pay in taxes. Americans are spending more on taxes than on clothing, food, and housing combined! This Republican Congress has worked hard to lower taxes, create good jobs and boost the economy [¦] Republican policies are keeping our economy strong. When Americans control their money, they have more to invest, more purchasing power, and our economy creates more jobs. Tax relief empowers people over bureaucrats and economic opportunity over political power. It's time to make this good policy permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. The Federal Budget. 5 April 2006. "Mr. Speaker, we have talked about the other side and what they want to do and their plans. The tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 is an example of what they did not do. They voted no for those tax cuts. They said we cannot do that. That is going to, according to the Congressional Budget Office, when you do this static scoring, we are going to cut taxes, we are going to cut rates for everybody that pay taxes. We are going to lower capital gains, we are going to lower the tax on dividends, which indeed is a double taxation." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Covenant With America. 16 September 2010. "We need to freeze Federal spending. We need to cut taxes across the board, for everyone at every marginal tax rate level across the board. The state of the economy today is that 16 million people are unemployed. That equates to a 10 percent unemployment rate. Indeed, it is probably close to 17 percent. Mr. Speaker, if you count people who have just given up, who have been looking over 6 months for a job, there are none to be found, and also the number of people who are employed, yes, but underemployed, it would be close to 17 percent. So, indeed, the Republican Party and our leader says we need to freeze Federal spending, indeed, roll it back to the level of 2008, and cut taxes across the board." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 31 October 2011. "Americans pay too much in taxes, and I strongly support legislation that lets people in the 11th District keep more of their hard-earned money. I've helped Congress pass legislation to extend tax relief for millions of Georgians, eliminate the Death Tax, abolish tax penalties for marriage, and reduce the taxes people pay on investments and earnings. Congress has done a good job implementing meaningful tax relief, but there's more we can do. Americans work for nearly 3 and a half months every year just to pay off what they owe the government in taxes. Many Members of Congress still support the tax-and-spend mentality. And all too often, the government thinks it knows how to spend your money better than you do." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Phil Gingrey, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th district of the) state of Georgia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Economic Stimulus Plan. 27 January 2009. "We Republicans feel very strongly that the tax breaks need to be across the board, that everybody that pays taxes needs to have a tax cut, not have a preponderance of the tax break going to those who currently don't pay any taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Fiscal Responsibility. 26 October 2005. "There are two ways to get our fiscal house back in order: we can raise taxes, as some of our colleagues across the aisle have suggested; or we can rein in government spending. Well, we Republicans believe that American families already pay too high a price in taxes, and we know that there are too many places where our bureaucracy is bloated and our programs are redundant and ineffective.So rather than making the American taxpayers shoulder the burden of excessive Federal spending, I say we put the weight on ourselves, the Congress, and work our hardest to cut the fat out of the Federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Opposes New Tax Increases as Part of Debt Limit Deal. 11 July 2011. "Amidst a rising unemployment rate and with a $14 trillion national debt, it is appalling that President Obama thinks the solution to improving our economy is to raise taxes on American workers and job creators. He stated himself that there should be no new taxes during a recession, yet that's exactly what he is proposing. On the other hand, Republicans in the House remain united and committed to the pledge many of us signed to oppose tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. The Path to Prosperity. 18 April 2011. "Many Americans and small businesses will file their income taxes, entrusting their government to use those tax dollars responsibly. While most believe their tax burden is already too high, if President Obama has his way, that burden will be even higher. In order to prevent the burden of our nation's fiscal crisis from being passed on to job creators and America's workforce, we need to cut spending -- not increase taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Budget Reform & Lower Taxes. 31 October 2011. "As a general matter of principle, I do not support increases in taxation or over-regulation on any individual or corporation. With respect to taxation, I believe that government should tailor its spending to accommodate lower taxes rather than tailor its taxes to accommodate higher spending. The Congress must extend the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 reducing the burden on taxpayers and businesses." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Covenant With America. 16 September 2010. "We need to freeze Federal spending. We need to cut taxes across the board, for everyone at every marginal tax rate level across the board. The state of the economy today is that 16 million people are unemployed. That equates to a 10 percent unemployment rate. Indeed, it is probably close to 17 percent. Mr. Speaker, if you count people who have just given up, who have been looking over 6 months for a job, there are none to be found, and also the number of people who are employed, yes, but underemployed, it would be close to 17 percent. So, indeed, the Republican Party and our leader says we need to freeze Federal spending, indeed, roll it back to the level of 2008, and cut taxes across the board [¦] And I think that is what the American people want. I don't think they will accept anything less. They are tired of the same old same old--excessive government spending and higher taxes that are making our country look a lot like Greece, Mr. Speaker." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. To The Honorable Barack Obama, President Of The United States Of America. 4 February 2010. "Private industry and the people of this country must also have a regulatory environment whereby they are given access to the resources of this country as well as agency policies that do not stifle business or cripple domestic industry attempting to compete on a world stage. Massive influxes of capital and government spending have not, and will not, replace the importance of wealth generation for the economic wellbeing of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today marks the third anniversary of President Obama's failed stimulus. The president claimed the stimulus would keep unemployment from reaching eight percent. Despite those assurances, we've watched our unemployment hover above 8 percent for 36 straight months. Since the stimulus' passage, the U.S. saw a credit rating downgrade and our national debt balloon. Unfortunately, 46.2 million Americans now rely on food stamps. It's time to change course. We need to cut and cap spending, implement a Balanced Budget Amendment, and work to create a more business-friendly climate to job creators at home and abroad." (www.facebook.com)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Phil Gingrey a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Opposes Democratic "Trillion Dollar Debt" Bill. 13 February 2009. "We really missed an opportunity today to give hard working Americans a true stimulus bill which would put their tax dollars back in their pockets. Instead, Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid championed a bill that saddles our children and grandchildren with what will amount to more than $1 trillion in debt - and fails to provide our economy with the shot in the arm it needs. This Stimulus' bill only perpetuates the dangerous myth that government spending will fix this economy, but the truth is government spending will only bury future generations in more debt. With the passage of this bill, this Congress will borrow more money in 2009 than we did in the first 200 years of our nation's history. President Obama and this Majority have missed an opportunity to do the right thing." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey, Republicans Introduce Stimulus Alternative. 14 January 2009. "It is a well-proven fact that tax cuts - and not increased government spending - truly stimulate the economy. The Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009 provides the right kind of stimulus with significant tax cuts to families and also relieves the tax burden on small business owners allowing them to invest that money directly into their business to create new jobs. And better still, our stimulus package alternative actually reduces federal spending. At a time when families across our nation are cutting their own budgets, they aren't comfortable watching the federal government increase spending by a trillion dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Bailout Today, Tax Hike Tomorrow. 30 December 2008. "Those on the left say that it is the failure of the free market that has brought us to this economic crisis that some claim has us on the brink of economic collapse. Their argument is that government intervention is the only answer. The truth is that the economic crisis we face now is more the product of decades of trampling on the free market. The bad loans that clogged our credit markets are the product of government mandates on lending institutions to put people into homes they could not afford. Really, it is in many ways government intervention that has put us where we are now." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey, Republicans Introduce Stimulus Alternative. 14 January 2009. "It is a well-proven fact that tax cuts - and not increased government spending - truly stimulate the economy. The Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009 provides the right kind of stimulus with significant tax cuts to families and also relieves the tax burden on small business owners allowing them to invest that money directly into their business to create new jobs. And better still, our stimulus package alternative actually reduces federal spending. At a time when families across our nation are cutting their own budgets, they aren't comfortable watching the federal government increase spending by a trillion dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Facebook. 1 August 2012. "I voted today in support of H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, which blocks the largest tax increase in history from taking effect at year's end. The legislation protects more than 700,000 jobs threatened by the tax increase. It also provides the foundation for enactment of a simplified, fairer tax code that will help keep American jobs in the United States and encourage the return of jobs lost to overseas competitors." (www.facebook.com)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Opposes Democratic "Trillion Dollar Debt" Bill. 13 February 2009. "Republicans have a real plan to create twice as many jobs at half the cost of this 'spenduluous' through across the board tax cuts and cuts in government spending. I proudly joined with many of my Republican colleagues in introducing H.R. 470, the Economic Recovery and Middle Class Tax Relief Act, to create new jobs and spur economic growth by letting middle-class families, small businesses, job-seekers, and home-buyers keep more of what they earn." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Covenant With America. 16 September 2010. "And answer this question for me--rhetorically, of course. What tax increase ever created a job? I don't think one ever did, and I don't think one ever will. I spoke a little earlier about the corporate tax rate. Why is our corporate tax rate higher than--I don't know the total number of countries that we have here listed along the X-axis, but it's about 20, 25--Iceland, Ireland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Switzerland, Korea, and on and on and on? And our corporate tax rate, effective, is almost 39 percent. That's the green column. Only Japan, at 40 percent, has a higher corporate tax rate than the United States. That makes no sense. We can't compete in the global economy with taxes like that." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Calls For More Responsible, Taxpayer-Friendly Budget. 3 April 2009. "The Republican budget proposals would have further encouraged investment by suspending the capital gains tax through 2010, freeing up capital that would otherwise be off the table. And it would have reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% - the second highest in the industrialized world - to 25% so our nation's job creators can afford to create, sustain, and grow jobs. Our proposals recognize that families across our nation are hurting and the government has a duty to be responsible with how it spends their tax dollars. Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats today twice rejected budget alternatives that would have restored fiscal responsibility and put money back into the hands of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey to Dems: Tax-hikes Threaten Growing Economy. 31 January 2007. "Our economy is running like a well-oiled machine, and now the Democrats want to throw a wrench in it by raising taxes on the American people. Our economy is daily proof that Republican economic policies have worked. Lower taxes have increased productivity, delivered higher federal revenues, and driven down the deficit. And the American people, especially hard-working Georgians, have reaped the benefits. Seven million new jobs have been created since 2003, and real wages rose nearly 2 percent last year. In fact, real after-tax personal income is up nearly 10 percent over the past six year - that's equivalent to an extra $2,800 in each worker's pocket." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Trade. 31 October 2011. "In past years, American industries have been lured overseas by lower wages and cheaper materials. To keep more of these jobs here in the U.S., Congress needs to help make America an attractive place to do business. This requires Congress to help struggling businesses by lowering taxes to level competition with overseas labor. If we help business grow and invest in new products, they can better compete in the global marketplace and will be less likely to take American jobs abroad." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Phil on the Issues. 4 November 2011. "As a former school board chairman, I see the importance of local control and parental involvement in our schools. I believe that the role of the federal government should be limited from dictating education policies to state and localities." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Education Reform. 4 November 2005. "I know our schools work best with local control and parental involvement. America is home to the finest universities in the world, but our elementary and secondary schools are in need of improvement. At the top of the list is the need to give control of our schools back to our teachers and school boards [¦] By reinstating local control of our schools, we can strengthen our education system and make sure every students gets the education he or she needs to succeed. As a Member of Congress and more importantly a father and grandfather, you can count on my outspoken support for Georgia education." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Education. 7 August 2012. "Improving education for our children is an important priority. As a former chairman of the Marietta School Board and a former member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I know our schools work best with local control and parental involvement [¦] As President Bush's No Child Left Behind legislation works to strengthen our education system, I will continue formulating dialogue between state and federal officials to ensure our needs are met in the state of Georgia. By reinstating local control of our schools, we can strengthen our education system and make sure every students gets the education he or she needs to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Human Papilloma Virus. 20 March 2007. "And I firmly believe in the principles of No Child Left Behind, that each and every youngster, no matter where they started in life, that they have that equal opportunity at the brass ring in our public system schools across this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey reaction to State of the Union address. 20 January 2004. "On education, the president separated the truth from the rhetoric. We're staying true to the No Child Left Behind legislation and we're spending more on education at the federal level than ever before because education is a priority for this president and this Congress." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. American Energy Act. 23 July 2007. "As I said, repeal that idiotic section 526 prohibition on government purchases of alternative energy and promote coal-to-liquid technology, shale mining, tar sand production. A lot of the oil that we get from Canada already comes from tar sand, but yet we can't get it right here in the United States of America. It's insanity. Establish a renewable energy trust fund using the revenues generated by exploration in the OCS and ANWR. What Mr. Hall and Representative Wamp were both talking about is when these States share in the revenue, if they allow this drilling off of their coast, 25, 50, 100 miles out to sea, then the Federal Government also shares in royalties. That money could be spent on research and development for alternative fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. America's Failed Economic and Energy Policies. 24 June 2008. "At full production, we would be producing 1.5 million barrels of additional domestic oil every day from that one source. That is a small amount compared to what is available if we were not handcuffing ourselves off of our coasts--off both our east coast and our west coast--and off the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico in what is known as OCS, or the Outer Continental Shelf. There are literally trillions of cubic feet of natural gas there which is part of our, the United States', territorial waters on the Outer Continental Shelf for which we could be drilling. There are tens of billions of gallons of petroleum. Yet the Democratic majority, Mr. Speaker, continues to prohibit, continues a moratorium which has existed since, I think, maybe, back to 1990." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. A Victory for American Energy and the American People. 24 September 2008. "The will of the American people has proven too strong for the environmental extremists - Democratic leaders will not try to extend this ban on exploring our nation's deepwater resources. We must remember that this is only the first step toward declaring American energy independence. As we move forward, we must ensure that this drilling moratorium is never reinstated and continue to push for an "all-of-the-above" energy plan that includes the development of renewable and alternative fuels, the utilization of nuclear power, and the promotion of energy conservation. Throughout the month of August, the Democratic Leadership was given an earful by the American people, who demanded that we break the chains of OPEC by drilling our own energy sources on the Outer Continental Shelf - it appears the Majority may have finally started listening." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Real Reforms for Real Economic Results. 12 August 2012. "End Obama's Moratorium on Energy Exploration--By reversing the President's de facto moratorium on energy exploration, both on and offshore, the United States can free up our most productive oil and gas resources, restore jobs and cut the deficit by $800 million." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Republican Energy Policy. 29 July 2008. "For months now I have spoken on the House floor almost daily in a concerted effort to convince the Democratic leadership to bring forward legislation that would allow us to drill here and drill now so that we could all pay less at the pump. Last week, I joined my House Republican colleagues to introduce the American Energy Act, a comprehensive bill which would increase our domestic energy supply while also harnessing renewable and alternative energy technologies and improving conservation and efficiency. However, as Congress prepares to adjourn for a 5-week recess, Speaker Pelosi continues to prevent a vote on increasing the amount of domestic oil produced in this country from reaching the House floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Energy. 8 September 2008. "We have a bill. The Republicans have a bill. We have a comprehensive bill. Yes, the cornerstone is 'Drill Here, Drill Now.' But this is the all-of-the-above approach to energy independence, and that's what we have to have, not only for our domestic needs but for the security of this Nation. And I commend our nominee for President, John McCain, and our nominee for Vice President, Sarah Palin, because they understand we need to drill on the Outer Continental Shelf. And we will have a Vice President who is from an energy State and understands the importance of those resources that we own." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Energy Crises. 7 August 2008. "Question: How do we bring down the price of oil? A pretty simple, straightforward question. Well, it's multiple choice. A, open up oil exploration in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf. ANWR, of course, the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. That would be one of the choices. B, build new oil refineries. That might be a pretty good choice. We haven't made it in the last 25 years, unfortunately. All the oil refineries in the United States, unfortunately, are down along the gulf coast, and we know all too well how dangerous a situation that is, especially as we are coming into what could be a rather horrific hurricane season." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Atalanta Journal-Constitution - Put All Energy Sources on the Table. 17 April 2011. "One clear way to increase U.S. energy security is to expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and in other offshore locations. In the Gulf alone, independent experts project that by 2020, deepwater oil production could account for 30 percent of total U.S. production and nearly 95 percent of offshore production. The administration, however, has marked these areas as off-limits by refusing to issue deepwater drilling permits. The consequences of this lethargy are profound. According to the Energy Information Administration, domestic oil production will fall by 240,000 barrels per day by 2012, forcing America to import an extra 88 million barrels per year at a cost of at least $8 billion." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Rep. Gingrey comments on Democrats' Cap and Tax energy proposal. 8 May 2009. "In addition to hurting industry, this cap and trade policy - or "cap and tax" - will also increase energy costs for essentially every household in America - to the tune of an additional $3,000 a year. Their "cap and tax" proposal includes a renewable energy standard that will require electricity manufacturers to use 25% renewable resources for energy production by 2025. By limiting the acceptable list of renewable energy resources to wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, or existing hydropower, House Democrats are ensuring that energy costs will rise for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. 19 July 2012. "Section 526 prohibits all federal agencies from contracting for alternative fuels that emit higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions than "conventional petroleum sources.'' This means that if a federal agency--particularly the Department of Defense--attempts to utilize an alternative fuel that even has one scintilla more carbon emissions than conventional fuels, it is prohibited from doing so. As a result, Section 526 limits innovation from DoD to improve clean carbon capture technologies for alternative fuels, thereby increasing our dependence on foreign oil, and will only further increase fuel costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Votes Against Democrats' Cap and Trade Bill. 21 May 2009. "When you consider that this bill will increase the average family's energy bill by more than $3,000 a year, while making it more difficult for American businesses to compete with foreign industry, this bill never should have seen the light of day. We should scrap this cap and tax legislation and work on energy solutions that truly sever our reliance on foreign sources of energy. I have cosponsored the H.R. 2300, the American Energy Innovation Act - legislation that encourages innovation within the energy market to create renewable fuel options that will work in this country, promotes greater conservation and efficiency, and most of all focuses on increasing the responsible production of American energy by utilizing the many resources and reserves we have within our borders. This strategy recognizes the benefits of conservation and incentivizes good practices, instead of punishing a number of hardworking industries that are already struggling to make ends meet." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 2 November 2011. "During these challenging economic times, Nancy Pelosi's Cap-and-Tax bill will raise the average energy bill for hardworking American families between $1,500 and $3,000 annually and also put at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs each year. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have cosponsored legislation that would promote energy innovation and independence by focusing on the safe production of all of our domestic energy resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Letter to Colleague. 6 April 2011. "We are writing to urge you to support H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from circumventing Congressional intent and moving forward with its global warming regulatory regime. EPA has begun to promulgate new rules under the Clean Air Act that have the potential to be the most complex, expansive and expensive in the agency's history. At the same time, as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson herself has acknowledged, these complicated and costly regulations would not change future global emissions or bring down global temperatures -- all economic harm, with no environmental good." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Unemployment, Cap-And-Tax, and Affordable Health Care. 14 July 2009. "To make matters worse, the House passed the "Pelosi Global Warming Tax'' 2 weeks ago that will only make it harder for businesses and families to survive by piling an additional $3,000 on to every household's energy bill. This cap-and-tax policy, they call it cap-and-trade, but it is a cap-and-tax policy, would further impose artificial emissions standards on American companies and energy producers, increasing the cost of doing business and forcing them to cede market share to overseas competitors who will not be subject to these limits on carbon dioxide emissions. I repeat: they will not be subject to these limits, and I'm talking, of course, about China and India." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Phil Gingrey. Congressman Gingrey Continues Push For A Balanced Budget. 22 November 2011. "In a victory for Second Amendment rights, the House passed H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, by a vote of 272-154 last Wednesday. This legislation allows any person with a valid state-issued concealed weapons permit to carry their concealed firearm into another state that also allows concealed firearms." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Phil Gingrey a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Phil Gingrey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey seeks to reduce out-of-date regulations on gun dealer. 18 March 2005. "New background check technology has made it safe and easy for dealers to sell firearms at gun shows and other locations. We need to update current regulatory law to reflect these changes. National databases and instant background check technology let dealers engage in new business without undercutting the safeguards that keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This legislation is business and consumer friendly. Sales will increase as dealers have more freedom and opportunity to sell their products. Buyers will pay reduced out of state transfer frees, which currently can cost up to $1,500. At the same time, my legislation works with the federal background check system to make sure firearms stay out of the hands of convicted felons. It's a win/win bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights Protection. 31 October 2011. "As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe the Right to Bear Arms is not only a Constitutional guarantee but also a commonsense guarantee ensuring the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Phil Gingrey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Georgia State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 31 October 2011. "As a firm supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe expanding gun regulation compromises one of our constitutional rights. Additionally, rigorous gun regulation does not stop crime. We should be putting criminals in prison, not harassing law abiding citizens with ineffective laws. To better educate my colleagues on this issue, I founded the Second Amendment Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives, and have authored both the Firearm Commerce Modernization Act and the Fairness in Firearms Testing Act. Technological advances in background checks and gun tracking have made many of our current laws dated and cumbersome, and it is time to modernize these laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 31 October 2011. "As a conservative and a father and grandfather, I am committed to protecting the traditional values so important to our community in Northwest Georgia. I proudly support legislation that values human life, protects our religious liberties, and upholds the institution of marriage, including [¦] Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act, a bill to prohibit governments from using federal funds to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens during emergencies." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Providing For Consideration of H.R. 3193, District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "This debate is fundamental in its nature. Americans should have the right to defend themselves against a violent assault. They should have the right to protect their own lives. In 2002, the District of Columbia earned the rare distinction of being the murder capital of America for 14 out of 15 years, yet all handguns have been banned in the District since 1976. This simple fact shows that firearm bans do not work to decrease crime. D.C. laws should not make it a criminal offense to possess a firearm and self-defense in one's own home or business." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. GOP Doctors Caucus: Six Months Later and ObamaCare Still Isn't Working. 22 September 2010. "With the 6 month anniversary of the enactment of ObamaCare looming, we continue to learn just how counter-productive this disastrous policy really is. The bill has accomplished everything the President said it would not. It has resulted in higher health care costs, higher taxes, higher premiums for patients, and made it more difficult for children and seniors to access care. In short, it has been an abject failure. But, rather than work with Congress to fix our broken healthcare system, President Obama is still trying to sell the American people a product they just aren't buying. As a physician and as a Member of Congress, I have one plea for President Obama: stop trying to put lipstick on a pig and work with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on healthcare solutions that work for patients, not government bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Facebook: Wall. 11 July 2012. "As both a physician and a taxpayer, full repealing Obamacare remains my top priority, and today the House took its first step towards this critically important goal." (www.facebook.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. GOP Doctors Caucus Reflects on One Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Just one year has elapsed since the government takeover of our healthcare system and Obamacare has done nothing but create hardships for Americans and place burdens on businesses. Since its passage, state budgets have been crushed by rising Medicaid costs, businesses have struggled to keep their doors open due to onerous new administrative and tax burdens, and American citizens are being threatened with rising costs and less access to quality care. As we move forward in pursuit of a full repeal of Obamacare, we must stay committed to replacing it with meaningful, cost-cutting reforms that will improve health care, lower costs, and put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. A Pledge to America. 24 September 2010. "Coincidentally, Thursday also marked the six month anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law. President Obama used this opportunity to try to re-sell his disastrous healthcare bill to the American people during a backyard gathering in Falls Church, Virginia. My response to him is; "Mr. President, it's time to put the sales pitches to rest. The American people didn't buy ObamaCare, but you forced it down their throats anyways. Six months later, we still don't want it." In fact, the GOP Doctors Caucus -- of which I am a co-chair -- held a national press conference to deliver this message to the President and to reinforce our commitment to repealing this bad bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. GOP Doctors Caucus Launches Official Website. 15 April 2010. "As physicians, the 14 Members of the GOP Doctors caucus know firsthand what needs to be done to save our nations' health care system, which starts by repealing and replacing Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey: Three Months Later, a Pile of Broken Promises. 23 June 2010. "Simply put, Obamacare is not the health care solution we need or want. We need to repeal Obamacare before more harm is done and replace it with common-sense solutions that actually lower costs and improve care without a government takeover." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Memorial Day. 28 April 2008. "Given that the newest Rasmussen Poll found that 63 percent of Americans want Obamacare repealed, it is a top priority of mine, and all Republicans, to make this happen." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Repeal And Replace Obamacare. 27 April 2010. "First, under ObamaCare, our national health care expenditures will increase by $311 billion in the first 10 years. Second, health care will increase to 21 percent of GDP by 2019. Third, the government will spend $410 billion to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. And, fourth, more than 7 million seniors will be forced off of their current Medicare coverage, including 50 percent of those who are currently on Medicare Advantage. Speaker Pelosi, this is not the reform you promised; this is not the reform the country needs. That is why I will be fighting to repeal and replace this legislation with real reforms that lower costs and improve coverage and care without bankrupting our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Repealing Obamacare's CLASS Act. 19 October 2011. "Since 2009, I have been working tirelessly to show the American people that Obamacare will have serious implications on the quality of healthcare, as well as our economy. In fact, I joined several other Members of Congress at a press conference a few weeks ago to accept over 1.6 million petitions from American citizens urging the repeal of Obamacare." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Responds to President Obama's Immigration Policy. 15 June 2012. "President Obama's announcement that he will no longer deport certain illegal immigrants is an election year gimmick that amounts to amnesty. This is yet another example of the President's administration refusing to secure our borders and enforce existing laws. For my part, I will continue advancing legislation -- such as the Nuclear Family Priority Act -- in order to stem the tide of illegal immigration and bring order to our nation's immigration policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Supreme Court Ruling a "Victory" for Georgia. 25 June 2012. ""The Supreme Court today reaffirmed Georgia's right to enforce its immigration law and protect our taxpayers. Illegal immigration is one of the biggest crises facing our nation, and I am hopeful this victory stands once it returns to the lower courts. Given the Obama administration's refusal to secure our borders, it is of paramount importance that states be able address the issue in their local communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Phil Gingrey voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Phil Gingrey in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Votes for Border Fence Construction. 15 September 2006. "I call on the Senate to quickly pass this legislation so we can get it to the President's desk for signature into law. In the state of Georgia, our illegal immigrant population is growing exponentially. Every day we wait to enact reform is another day thousands of illegal immigrants will sneak into America, taking a toll on our hospitals, schools and social welfare system. The American people have waited long enough. The Senate needs to stop passing amnesty bills and start getting serious about securing our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Immigration. 31 October 2011. "Those who enter or remain in the United States in violation of the law shall be detained and removed expeditiously. Illegal aliens shall not accrue any benefit, including U.S. citizenship, as a result of their illegal entry or presence in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Phil Gingrey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Blog: Immigration Reform - Just Say No to Amnesty. 7 March 2007. "The immigration debate is heating up again in Washington. As in past years, I find myself fighting against proposals that amount to little more than amnesty for illegal immigrants. That's why I am planning to sign a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking her not to bring amnesty legislation to the House floor. The letter will note that amnesty burdens American taxpayers, hurts American works and rewards lawbreakers. Stay tuned for more on this critical issue, and know that I will firmly oppose amnesty at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Democrats Push Path To Amnesty. 15 December 2009. "The introduction today of legislation by the Democratic Majority that would ultimately grant amnesty to illegal aliens is an absolute travesty. Our economy is struggling, unemployment is at 10 percent, 15.4 million people are looking for work, and there are 6 applicants for every available job. A blanket amnesty for illegal aliens would exacerbate this situation and I am strongly opposed to it. Rewarding illegal aliens with the privilege of holding a job in the United States will not help American families struggling to make ends meet - and that, particularly in a time of economic recession, should be our focus." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Responds to Obama Remarks on Immigration. 7 July 2010. "Today the President missed a golden opportunity to reassure the American people that their safety and security are his foremost priorities. Instead, President Obama made it clear that his focus is -- as usual -- pushing his own partisan agenda through his so-called "comprehensive immigration reform.' Illegal immigration and border security are complex issues, and we need to do a better job enforcing our current immigration laws while ensuring we do not pass any bill that will provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Moving forward, we must work together in a bipartisan way to strengthen our borders and protect the lives and jobs of citizens in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Signs Letters to Speaker Pelosi: No Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. 6 April 2007. "I am deeply concerned Democrat leaders are looking to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in our country. Those of us who support legal immigration and the rule of law must stand united in opposition to such misguided legislation. These plans would encourage more illegal immigrants to cross our borders, seeking the unearned reward of citizenship. Have we learned nothing from the past? In 1986, we passed an amnesty plan that did nothing to secure our border or fix our broken immigration system. In 2007, we can't take that same path to failure. Across Georgia, people are outraged over the prospect of amnesty for illegal immigrants. It would be unwise for Speaker Pelosi to bring up legislation that so clearly goes against the will of so many citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [¦] This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Phil Gingrey voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Phil Gingrey voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Marriage amendment best for children. 24 February 2004. "Marriage is an institution established by God for one man and one woman. Traditional marriages lead to traditional families, a time-honored institution that's best for raising children in an atmosphere of love and support. For me, this is about the children [¦] As such, I will continue to push for an amendment to the Constitution that will allow Georgia and other states to limit marriages to a man and a woman. The president's support is much needed and much appreciated in their important endeavor." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 31 October 2011. "As a conservative and a father and grandfather, I am committed to protecting the traditional values so important to our community in Northwest Georgia. I proudly support legislation that values human life, protects our religious liberties, and upholds the institution of marriage, including [¦] The Marriage Amendment, a Constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Love, of course, is a great thing. But in my humble opinion, marriage is not just any kind of love. It is a love that can bear children, and it is a love that involves both a mom and a dad. Two men might be a good father. But neither one is a mom. The ideal for children is the love of both a mom and a dad. No same-sex couple can provide that. The ideal for marriage is about bringing together moms and dads so children have a mother and a father to learn from." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, 44 out of 50 United States have already enacted laws that identify marriage as a union of a man and a woman, mother and father. Yet activist judges who look to enforce their own personal views continue to strike down laws passed by State legislatures and approved by our constituents. In fact, over 60 percent of the American people agree we need a Federal constitutional amendment. The citizens of the United States, our constituents, want us to support traditional marriage between one man and one woman. They do not want a court to decide the definition of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Marriage a sacred institution for one man, one woman. 26 February 2004. "It wasn't President Bush who established marriage as a union between a man and a woman. And it wasn't this administration that decided that a family with a mom and a dad was the best means to raise children. Marriage is a sacred institution established by God. It is not just a civil union; it is a holy one. The U.S. government and the state of Georgia have a compelling interest in defending traditional marriage through constitutional amendment. I was one of the first to co-sponsor the federal marriage amendment last May." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Stand Up For the Sanctity of Marriage. 29 September 2004. "This week, Mr. Speaker, we continue our fight to defend one of the most basic institutions of our Nation: the traditional family. It is true that the recognition of the family unit has traditionally been a State issue; but with the recent onslaught against the traditional family in our Nation, I believe it is now time for the Federal Government to act decisively. As a cosponsor of H.J. Res. 106, I encourage my colleagues to stand up in defense of the traditional family and in defense of traditional marriage between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)

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  • Phil Gingrey. Defense and the War on Terror. 2 November 2011. "Protecting America from another terrorist attack is the foremost goal of our federal government. We know the fight will be long and hard, but we can't give up our commitment to a secure America and a free and peaceful world. Fighting the War on Terror means preemptively disarming those leaders who harbor terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. It means giving our military, law enforcement, and intelligence organizations the tools they need to keep us safe. It means strengthening our borders and doing away with immigration loopholes that let terrorists travel freely in our country [¦] I fully support President Bush's commitment to the spread of democracy over tyranny and dictatorship, and I know our servicemen and women in Iraq will transfer power over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 12 May 2011. "The death of the terror mastermind, Osama bin Laden, is a victory for Americans and all those who believe in the principles of freedom and justice. The horrific attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001 began a relentless pursuit for the death or capture of bin Laden. This news proves that - no matter how long it takes - we will not rest until those who kill Americans have been brought to justice. It is testament to the unwavering courage and tireless efforts of our men and women in uniform and the intelligence community that the last 9 years, 7 months, and 20 days have undoubtedly been difficult for bin Laden and his terrorist thugs. While this is a monumental development, we must remember that al Qaeda remains committed to our demise, as do we remain committed to ensuring that terrorists cannot threaten the livelihood of free people." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Townhall.com - The Case Isn't Closed on Terrorism. 11 May 2011. "The ability to capture and detain terrorists at Guantanamo Bay must remain a vital part of the continued fight against terrorism and is necessary in order to identify and exploit key intelligence. As we have learned, terrorism is a nonconventional threat; one without borders, rationale, or a clear target. Our strategy cannot just be reactionary, but must be preventative, which is why the ability to capture and interrogate high value individuals is so significant." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. National Intelligence Estimate and War on Terror. 27 September 2006. 'Mr. Speaker, despite what my colleagues on the other side of the aisle might claim, American is not responsible for the rise of terrorism. We did not bring this war on the terrorists. They brought this upon themselves when they attacked freedom and our way of life in Kenya, Tanzania, aboard the USS Cole, New York City, Pennsylvania, and right here in Washington, D.C. on September 11. America has a winning strategy of relentlessly hunting down those who wish us harm, and working to defeat terrorism by encouraging democracy in the Middle East. If the terrorists are emboldened by the spread of this newfound freedom, it is because they know that free people will terminate the terrorist way of life. Mr. Speaker, it is absolutely incumbent upon us and this body to give President Bush, our CIA, and our military the tools they need to prevent future attacks on our Nation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Phil Gingrey supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Gingrey supports Bush's State of the Union priorities. 2 February 2005. "If we don't act now, today's 20-year olds won't have Social Security around when they retire. I like the idea of optional personalized accounts. These accounts would give younger workers ownership over a portion of their Social Security money, and would strengthen the program for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Issue Position: Retirement and Social Security. 4 November 2011. "We need to fix Social Security. Each year we fail to act costs American taxpayers $600 billion. Thankfully, there are many options to examine. I will only consider proposals that do not raise the payroll tax on hard working Americans and do not change benefits for today's seniors. One such proposal is the creation of voluntary personal accounts. This is not "privatization" as critics have charged. Personal accounts would give future retirees the option of investing a small portion of their Social Security money in certain bond and stock funds, letting younger workers build a nest egg within the Social Security system." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Strengthening Social Security. 20 July 2005. "As I went across my district, and I know my colleagues did the same thing, talking about Social Security when the President first rolled out his suggestion of having an individual personal account, it was not just his idea, but I think a very good idea, to carve out up to 4 percent of the 12.4 percent payroll tax in an optional way for those workers under 55, and to let that part of their Social Security account be an account that they actually own, they actually have ownership of, and it could enjoy the miracle of compound interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Phil Gingrey. Updating Social Security. 27 April 2005. "We are not ruling out anything on our side of the aisle. We do not have a plan set in stone, but clearly this option of an individual personal account enjoys, like no other fix, the miracle of compound interest. Einstein, when asked what the greatest power on Earth was, everyone expected him to say atomic energy, but he said the miracle of compound interest. I think the gentleman is on the right track." (votesmart.org)

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Georgia State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
Xh) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other

Abortion should be legal only to save the life of the Mother or to terminate a pregnancy when the fetus has a organ birth defect incompatible with life outside the womb

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Greatly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Other

Funding for the Mentally + Physically disabled

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Yesm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Georgia taxpayers?
Yesp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Yesq) Do you support limiting property tax increases to the national rate of inflation?
Yesr) Do you support raising the Homestead tax exemption to $50,000 for all Georgia property owners?
Nos) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to create a medical center specializing in cancer screening and treatment?
Xt) Other

s answer based on my belief that we already have excellent centers. ie St.Josephs + Emory Med. Center.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in Georgia.
Xe) Implement lethal injection as the method of execution in Georgia.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
l) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xm) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
n) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xp) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
q) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Create a "boot camp" which provides leadership training to public school principals.
Xn) Allow public schools to offer history and literature courses based on the Bible.
Xo) Provide state funds to establish an Office of Education Accountability.
Xp) Provide state funds for college expenses of individuals who agree to teach in rural areas.
Xq) Other

I only support vouchers for children from poor families who are stuck in under-performing schools i.e. the "Milwaukee Model"

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Provide tax incentives to employers who provide on-site child care.
f) Other

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Georgia.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
Xi) Require all farmers to pay the clean-up cost for their waste lagoons.
j) Require all vehicles in Georgia to undergo annual emissions inspections.
k) Allow recreational fields to be classified as designated green space areas.
Xl) Provide state funds to construct a passenger rail network connecting Georgia cities.
Xm) Increase state funds to the Georgia Road Improvement Program.
n) Other
Noo) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Georgia Governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Georgia State Senators and Representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Yesd) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedg) Do you support voting on-line?
Undecidedh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Undecidedi) Do you support reducing the number of signatures required to place third-party candidates on the ballot?
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Require a 10-year minimum prison sentence for anyone convicted of possessing a gun on school property or at a school function.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xi) Increase state funds to expand home and community-based services provided to "mentally-retarded" residents.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Allocate a portion of the lottery revenue to fund educational outreach programs at museums across the state.
Xh) Increase state funds for the care of foster-children in Georgia.
Xi) Allow Georgia's Child Advocate to file criminal and civil suits in child abuse cases.
j) Other
Nok) Should physician assisted suicide be legally available in Georgia?
Yesl) Should Georgia include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nom) Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesn) Should Georgia restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Noo) Do you support removal of the Confederate symbol from the Georgia state flag?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

1. I would like to strenthen existing driver's license law for the 1st time drivers by:
a. increasing the age to 17
b. requiring additional (proven ) hours of driving instruction during the ("learners permit") plhase.
If the age cannot be changed b/o politics, then have a limit of one passanger under 21 (non-family member) for the 16 yo driver...
2: A "Year Round " school program and gradual increase from 180 to 200 days of instruction.